Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Lake Oswego, OR, Portland, OR, Siblings

Dolberg Family | Lake Oswego, OR Family Photographer

It’s been a little while since I’ve taken photos of the Dolberg family, so I was DELIGHTED when Janel sent me an e-mail asking for family photos this summer. The last time I took their photos, Lauren inadvertently told me that her mom had a baby in her belly! It was so funny, but I tried to play off like I didn’t hear it, ha ha!

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So, it made it extra special for me to take their photos this year because I got to meet Lauren’s little sister Katherine! It’s very clear that Lauren loves her little sister so much and Katherine is still trying to figure out what to do with all that love sometimes! 🙂 But, they got along so well and just wanted to run and play the whole time. Katherine’s at the age of wanting to stand and run — once you get those little feet going, it’s hard to make them stop! 🙂

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Janel and Andy had so much patience with helping both of their girls feel comfortable in front of the camera. Each of them was so supportive and smiled, giggled, and hugged each of their daughters.

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One thing I learned really quickly as a family photographer is that you have to be able to move quickly on your feet! Katherine was wanting to move and I wanted them to giggle a little, so we played peek-a-boo around this cool statue that had all these holes in it that were the perfect size for the girls to pop their head in! I had my camera at the ready and each time they poked through, I yelled, “peek-a-boo!” and got the cutest giggles and smiles from them. It was so fun!

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What a great family! I can’t wait to see them again soon and watch the girls continue to grow!

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Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Happy Valley, OR, Lake Oswego, OR, Milwaukie, OR, Newborn, Oregon City, OR, Portland, OR

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions | Clackamas, OR Photographer

I recently had someone ask me what my favorite kind of session is. This was a really tough question to answer! I love photography and I love taking pictures of families. But my favorite kind of session? Hmmmm. While it’s a really close call, I’d have to say it’s lifestyle newborn sessions!

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Lifestyle newborn sessions are a little different from studio newborn sessions. For a studio session, the parents and baby come to the photographer’s studio and they take many beautiful images of their baby — usually these include different wraps, props, and poses. For a lifestyle session, I get to meet you, your squishy new baby and the rest of your family in the comfort of your home. As both a photographer (and as a mom who chose this kind of session for her kids!) I really appreciate getting to be in your home. Depending on how everyone’s recovery is going, it’s so much more relaxing and comfortable. If you need to feed or change the baby, everything you need is right there. Plus, siblings and pets can be there too!

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I think the other part I love about newborn lifestyle sessions is that you get to be in your home with your baby, and your pictures will represent that. I look back at the photos we did after my youngest was born, and I truly treasure them. We aren’t in that house anymore, but I have those photos to show my kids what our life looked like when our youngest Little Man came into our lives. They can see his nursery, the blankets where they played with him, and all of us snuggled up staring at his little face in the living room.

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These are the moments I want to capture for my families. I want them to be able to look back and remember the way things were at this particular moment in their family’s history. So, when I show up at your door with my camera bag, a Boppy, and a blanket (and a footstool! I’m short), know that I’m going to love capturing this beautiful, fleeting moment of time for your family. I hope that your photos bring you as much joy when you look at them as I felt when I took them.

Children, Clackamas, OR, Family Photography, Lake Oswego, OR, Oregon City, OR

Joy Family Photo Session |Clackamas, OR Photographer

I’ve known the Joy family for a couple of years, and I even did an in-home lifestyle session for them a little over a year ago. Meaghn and I are both mothers to three kids and both our oldest boys are going to be in Kindergarten this fall! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and I know she can’t either.

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We met up for photos at one of my favorite parks in Lake Oswego. It’s a pretty quiet little spot most days, but there were SO MANY geese there this time! The park has a beach on the river and the geese kept walking up to us and honking at us. The kids were completely enthralled and trying to both simultaneously be really close to the geese and really far away all at the same time! 🙂

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All three of these kids are the sweetest! Edie is a delight and her older brothers love her so much! They took care of her and held her hand when she needed it — I don’t have an older brother, but I always wanted one like these two! Michael is the protective older brother and Liam is pure energy and goofiness wrapped up in a package. These kids kept me smiling for the whole session.

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Meaghn and Ryan are so fun to watch as parents. Each of them was up for any pose or idea I had, and I can’t tell you how much I melted every time Meaghn looked at her kids. She gave each of them a big smile every time they got to sit on her lap or hold her hand for a shot. It’s so heartwarming to be able to capture these moments for them, and it’s truly a privilege for me to be part of their little world for an hour or so.

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